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Bush Poised to Set a Record

... for the longest vacation ever. (well, almost)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/02/AR2005080201703_pf.html

WACO, Tex., Aug. 2 -- President Bush is getting the kind of break most Americans can only dream of -- nearly five weeks away from the office, loaded with vacation time.

The president departed Tuesday for his longest stretch yet away from the White House, arriving at his Crawford ranch in the evening for a stretch of clearing brush, visiting with family and friends, and tending to some outside-the-Beltway politics. By historical standards, it is the longest presidential retreat in at least 36 years.
Permalink MarkTAW 
August 16th, 2005
I actually respect the guy for the way he approaches work (and the way he's giving a second-term "suck on it!" to the electorate).

Let's face it - how many critical, business day decisions does a president really make? Is it really important, in the modern era, for him to be sitting in the White House to be effective, or rather just-as-effective? It's not like he heads down there and is incommunicado, and it really is a stretch calling it a vacation.

Those Texans sure like clearing bush, though.
Permalink Dennis Forbes 
August 16th, 2005
Did you see... I think it was the first Barbara Walters interview, or maybe they got Matt Lauer in there, and Bush was describing his work day. It went something like this:

"First, I read the Threat Matrix. It's the first thing I do every day. It's sitting here on my desk when I get her, and it's an overview of all of the treats currently facing the nation. It's about a page long. Then I meet with Cheney and maybe Condi for about an hour. And then uh, and then. And then uh... then... um... then uh..... well, we do a lot of work."

I swear to god I think I actually subtracted a few "uhs" from what he actually said. Otherwise, it's more-or-less a word for word transcription as well as I remember it.
Permalink MarkTAW 
August 16th, 2005
except the threat matris is HERE not HER and it's filled with THREATS not TREATS.
Permalink MarkTAW 
August 16th, 2005
and it's a MATRIX not a MATRIS and... and.. und... end....
Permalink MarkTAW 
August 16th, 2005
Oops, you found an error!